By mailbelle on May 23, 2009
Photo by Caroline Cooks
Photo by Caroline Cooks
"A copycat of Olive Garden's salad dressing developed by Food Network Kitchens."
Serving Size: 1 (35 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"This is very close to Olive Garden's! It's not *exact*, but I suspect they add glucose and goodness knows what else. I added just a pinch of sugar, and it balanced out the acidity beautifully. I used homemade mayo instead of miracle whip. If I could I'd rate this as a 4 1/2, but I gave 5 stars because it's really very close to the original and it's excellent as a stand alone dressing recipe."
"Quite good. Maybe not Olive Garden but still a good solid dressing. I replaced the Miracle Whip with Mayo, as I cannot stand the taste and I omit the water."
"Almost the same, but I still really liked it. I won't buy store brands again. I did add a pinch of sugar. So over all it is a really good recipe."
"We love Olive Garden so I thought I would try this. I was not disappointed. This was good and different from the salad dressings we usually use. Thanks for the recipe."
"Made this according to direcions and loved it, so much better then the bottled dressings I use, but not exactly like Olive Gardens, but really close.' I have gotten special requests to make it again by my 6 year old grand daughter, who love Olive Gardens Salad."
"Pretty good salad dressing, not sure if it is a true copy of Olive Garden's, been a while since I've been there, but good in it's own right. I doubled the recipe and got a lot! Didn't need the water. I might try mayo instead of Miracle Whip next time. Thx for posting . . . Janet"
"This was really good! I did leave out the lemon juice..I was out, and I added a pinch of sugar. It made quite a bit...used an entire bag of salad mix and it was still pretty saturated. I think this is as close as it's going to come to Olive Garden and I'll take what I can get. Totally beats bottled italian dressing with parmesan cheese, which is what I have been substituting with! Thanks for posting!"
"I didn't think that this was a great copy cat recipe but thought that the flavour was good. I do not buy Miracle Whip so I substituted mayonaise - that may have made the taste closer??? I thought that I should add a pinch of sugar when I tasted it but it did not make that much difference. The rest of the family enjoyed this recipe and I'll make it again with white balsamic vinegar to cut the tanginess and add some sweetness."
"Tastes great. I live in the UK so never been to Olive Garden (not sure if they have any here). I didn't have white wine vinegar and due to people adding sugar I substituted it with white balsamic. I didn't feel I had to add anything to it at all to sweeten it up and the balance of flavours are good. I mixed my own Italian seasons (a pinch of basil, marjoram, thyme, oregano, rosemary) didn't have garlic salt, so ground a pinch in and used garlic granules. Will definitely make again."
"This was easy and delicious. It was better than bottled dressing. I used Duke's Light Mayo instead of Miracle Whip and added a pinch of Splenda."
"Very good, close to Olive Garden and greatly enjoyed by everyone in our circle of friends and family. We use regular mayo and add a bit of sugar (about a tbsp) but otherwise didn't change a thing. Thanks, this dressing is a keeper!"
"Probably not exactly like Olive Garden's but still a good Italian dressing."
"Very tangy. TASTY! Enjoyed for the Hail to the Chefs event in Cooking Photos."
"I enjoyed this dressing with lettuce, endive and beets from the garden. I didn't have Miracle whip so used mayo with a little sugar. Thanks! :) Made for the IRON CHEF game."
"This is a pretty good imitation. I was out of white wine vinegar and had to replace it with red wine and I never have miracle whip, so used mayo. It came out a bit tart, but that is probably because of my substitutions. It had a great flavor and consistency."
""Italian Seasoning," could mean SO many different things that no two cooks are ever going to turn out the same dressing. There are dozens of different brands and recipes to create your own version of "Italian Seasoning." <br/><br/>I would like to know the REAL secret of this dressing: the herbs and/or spices used to create the actual taste. Who has the Olive Garden's recipe for "Italian Seasoning?""
"Pretty good. I did add more garlic, using fresh through a garlic press, and about a teaspoon of sugar. It tasted a lot like what I remember."